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‘Ant Group from China intensifies global expansion with launch of cross-border payments service Alipay+’

by Dubaiforum

Ant Group, a major Chinese fintech company, is ramping up its global presence through its digital platform, Alipay+. The company aims to facilitate mobile payment apps worldwide, connecting users seamlessly across borders.

Douglas Feagin, senior vice president of Ant Group, revealed that people prefer using their home e-wallets when traveling abroad, eliminating the need to load their payment cards onto unfamiliar apps. Ant International, the global arm of Ant Group, launched Alipay+ in 2020 to allow foreigners to use their home country apps for payments in China and other countries by scanning Alipay QR codes.

With a focus on expanding into regions like the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe, Ant Group sees significant growth opportunities by replicating its success in Asia. The company has invested in country-specific e-wallets across Asia and is now aiming to take its products overseas.

Ant Group’s Alipay+ initiative now connects 88 million merchants in 57 countries and regions to 1.5 billion consumer accounts, offering more than 25 e-wallets and bank apps for seamless transactions. The company has made strategic investments in companies like Singapore’s 2C2P and South Korea’s Kakao Pay, while also partnering with national digital payment services to increase its presence in various markets.

Despite facing challenges in its home market, Ant Group is focused on global expansion, with a keen interest in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. By addressing interoperability challenges for e-wallets through Alipay+, Ant Group is poised for further growth in established and emerging markets.

Ant Group’s pivot towards global expansion comes after regulatory hurdles in China, including the cancelling of its IPO and the requirement to restructure as a regulated financial holding company. The company’s revised strategy, focusing on expanding user bases in populous countries and key tourism destinations, has positioned it for success in the competitive mobile payment industry.

As Ant Group doubles down on its global expansion efforts, the company is set to make a significant impact in diverse markets worldwide, ensuring seamless mobile payment experiences for users across borders.

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